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Join us in Venice, in person or virtually!


Superscript is headed to Venice, and we hope to see you there!

If you’ll be in the City of Bridges for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia, make sure to add our three-part event series to your calendar on the second day of opening weekend, June 8.

Housed in the Arsenale, Towards a New Avant Garde reunites a new generation of Italian and international young practitioners, confronting their motivations and work with the legacy of the radical architecture movement of the ’60s and ’70s. The series is complemented by a live­-edited installation that publishes in real time the debated topics and issues. Everyone is encouraged to participate, whether on site or online, using the hashtag #stayradical.

Check out more of the conversation at the event’s dedicated website,

11 a.m., 8 June 2014

Focusing on the impact of Italian architecture beyond the country’s borders, the Internationalization discussion will start from the seminal 1972 exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape” and travel to today, speculating on the influence of the most recent generation of Italian architects beyond the country’s borders. Are Italian architectural ideas still influential in the world today? And for young practitioners—both those who work in Italy, and those who, out of a job in their home country, work in large studios abroad—is the idea of their nation still important?

Collective Action
1 p.m., 8 June 2014

As a new generation of Italian architects self-­organizes, seeking alternatives to the traditional architecture system, the Collective Action discussion will reflect upon how the avant­-gardes of 1968­ to 1976 were motivated by a similar impulse. How does working together today differ from the ways architects collaborated 40 years ago? Is this generation able to make their independent voices heard while they collaborate? How is collaborative practice today breaking out of the silo of architecture, embracing a transversal approach to multiple disciplines, including urbanism, new media, research and political action?

3 p.m., 8 June 2014

Using self-­initiated side projects as a testing ground, many young architects are looking beyond the current economic system and finding alternative approaches, much as the Italian radical architects of a previous generation did. Unlike the attempts of that generation, can an experimental practice become sustainable today, or is economic fragility an essential component of a radical experiment? Relying on state­-sponsored mobility programs and research funded by academia, can this new generation change the system from within? Do the financial models innovated by these young architects give us clues for the future of the profession?

Towards a New Avant­ Garde
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14th International Architecture Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

An event by Superscript — Vera Sacchetti, Avinash Rajagopal, Molly Heintz with Catharine Rossi and Rossella Ferorelli

Installation design by DEVspace and Thibault Brevet
With the collaboration of Hyperwerk Institute — Kevin Renz, Gabriel Meisel, Gabriel Kiefer, Fabian Ritzi, Ivo Ludwig, David Safranek, Matthias Maurer

With the support of Wallonie­Bruxelles International (Belgium) and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia

Technical support by edding International GmbH

With thanks to Hyperwerk Institute, Amelie Klein, Matthias Maurer, Niku Alex Mucaj, Becky Quintal, Fabian Ritzi, Elian Stefa, Fabrizia Vecchione, Malte Ziegler

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Venice Architecture Biennale: Sneak Peek

Thibault Brevet and Hyperwerk students dove into work on the Arsenale installation with a one-week workshop in Basel last month.

Thibault Brevet and Hyperwerk students dove into work on the Arsenale installation with a one-week workshop in Basel last month.

Superscript will be heading to Venice to begin final preparations for the Architecture Biennale soon, so we wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at all of the work that’s been done so far. Take a look at our earlier post about our three-part event Towards a New Avant-Garde, happening during the Biennale’s opening weekend, June 7-8.

A collaborative project with a global dimension, this ambitious installation has been designed by interaction designer Thibault Brevet and architecture studio DEVspace in collaboration with students from the Hyperwerk Institute, part of the Academy of Art and Design of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland.


Brevet and Hyperwerk students used the “Grand Central” open source vector printer as a starting point, redesigning it completely for the Venice event.

Throughout a one-week workshop in Basel in April 2014, Brevet and Hyperwerk students Kevin Renz, Gabriel Meisel, Gabriel Kiefer, Fabian Ritzi, Ivo Ludwig, David Safranek, and Matthias Maurer redesigned his award-winning open-source printer Grand-Central and all its components and mechanics specifically for the Biennale, creating an optimized, truly site-specific installation that will create a large impact in the space. Grouped together in modules of six, the printers will envelop the event area like a triptych, serving as the backdrop to each of the discussions as they print images, quotes, and references in real time.

Watch this space, as well as our Facebook wall and Twitter feed, for more updates as our amazing collaborators add their own layer of radical design to our discussions of the Italian avant-garde…

Brevet and Hyperwerk students used the “Grand Central” open source vector printer as a starting point, redesigning it completely for the Venice event.

CNC-cut components were manufactured in Berlin (photo by Fabian Ritzi, Hyperwerk student)